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Types of forms you need in your estate planning file

What types of documents do you need to have on file with an estate attorney? Estate planning can be a challenging topic, largely because so many clients are unaware of the major benefits that can come along with creating the right estate protection. Do not be caught unaware at your end-of-life stage. Instead, enlist the help of a qualified attorney to help you achieve your estate planning goals.

You need to have several key documents completed before you die. First, an advanced directive helps your loved ones and physicians know what your medical care preferences are at the end of your life. Advanced directives may include information about measures taken to resuscitate you, invasive procedures such as the use of a feeding tube or ventilator and other medical choices. Without advanced directives, your family could be left wondering exactly what you want -- which could lead to guilt and regret in the long term.

In addition to medical forms, you need to establish a will and associated distribution of property plans. Attorneys can be valuable allies for all types of estates, but they are particularly useful for reviewing estates larger than $100,000. Other end-of-life estate plans can include final arrangements for the disposition of your body -- whether you want to be cremated, for instance -- along with instructions for organ donation and other procedures.

Ultimately, you need an attorney to make sure that your estate is properly managed, ensuring fair distribution of property that occurs in the way you wanted. With the help of a qualified lawyer, your family and beneficiaries can avoid probate issues that detract from celebrating your life and achievements. Give your family the peace of mind they deserve by choosing to put estate protections in place early.

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